Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 07, 2010
Study: Tai Chi relieves arthritis pain, improves reach, balance, well-being
The study found that there are significant benefits of Tai Chi for individuals with all types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Hebrew University researchers discover expanded role for cancer-causing gene
Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have discovered that Vav1 -- an oncogene (cancer-causing gene) found in recent years to be one of the factors in tumorous tissue growth -- plays a wider role in several types of cancer than had previously been thought.

Genetic diversity of rice now secure in 'Doomsday Vault'
The International Rice Research Institute sent 42,627 samples of seeds from different types of rice in its collection last week to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, dubbed the

Caveman behavioral traits might kick in at Thanksgiving table before eating
Frank Kachanoff, a researcher with a special interest in evolution at McGill University's Department of Psychology, has discovered that seeing meat appears to make human beings significantly less aggressive, contrary to what he expected.

APHA 2010: Health-care reform and people with disabilities
Federal health-care reform holds the promise of more independent lives for people with disabilities.

New insect birth control strategy zaps cotton pests
Combining genetically engineered cotton plants that kill caterpillars with the controlled release of sterile moths from airplanes has produced a new and highly successful approach to dramatically reducing pesticide use and pest damage, a collaborative study led by University of Arizona scientists shows.

Joint pain linked to breast cancer drug not inflammatory arthritis or autoimmune disease
A new study suggests joint complaints attributed to aromatase inhibitors (AI), popular breast cancer drugs, are not associated with inflammatory arthritis or autoimmune disease.

Georgetown study: Scleroderma dramatically under-diagnosed with commercial screening method
New research from Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) suggests that up to 40 percent of scleroderma patients will not be correctly diagnosed with the disorder using a new automated commercial screening test.

McMaster scientists turn skin into blood
Scientists at McMaster University have discovered how to make human blood from adult human skin.

Studying the metabolome of smokers, Lombardi researchers find early signs of damage
Examining the blood

Hospital for Special Surgery scientists share advances in lupus and related conditions
Hospital for Special Surgery physicians who focus on lupus, scleroderma and related conditions are traveling from New York City to Atlanta this week to share their recent findings at the 74th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.

Cell phones help save the lives of mothers, infants and children
Simple mobile technology, like basic cell phones, can be used to save the lives of mothers in childbirth, and improve the care of newborns and children, reaching underserved populations in remote areas.

Most hysterectomies should be performed vaginally or laparoscopically
Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States annually to treat benign disorders of the pelvis.

Conference: 'New towns are political statement'
New towns, such as Almere in the Netherlands, are not so much success stories as they are political statements.

Statins don't prove useful for general pediatric lupus population
Lupus puts children at higher risk for coronary artery disease when they become adults, but routinely using statins doesn't provide enough benefit to warrant their regular use in children and adolescents, according to the largest study of pediatric lupus patients to date.

Plant-based, olive oil diet also has health benefits for prostate cancer survivors
Some men treated for recurrent prostate cancer develop metabolic syndrome.

Threshold sea surface temperature for hurricanes and tropical thunderstorms is rising
Scientists have long known that atmospheric convection in the form of hurricanes and tropical ocean thunderstorms occurs when sea surface temperature rises above a threshold.

Viertel Foundation Fellowship for leading cancer researcher
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researcher Dr. Ross Dickins has been awarded a Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation Fellowship worth $985,000 over five years.

Dabigatran is as effective as warfarin in preventing stroke in patients with prior transient ischaemic attack or stroke and has a lower risk of intracranial bleeding
A new anticoagulant drug dabigatran is as effective as warfarin in preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation who have previously had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack, according to an article published online first by the Lancet Neurology.

To retire or not to retire?
Workers who agreed to take early retirement were likely to not have considered that option if it hadn't been for pressure at the workplace to do so.

UCLA researchers discover a potential target for therapy for patients with a deadly prostate cancer
A monoclonal antibody targeting a well known cell surface protein inhibited prostate cancer growth and metastasis in an aggressive form of the disease that did not respond to hormone therapy, according to a study by researchers with the UCLA Department of Urology and UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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